Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2023

Health Sciences, Bachelor of Science (564)

Department website: http://www.wku.edu/publichealth


Program Coordinator

Grace K. Lartey, grace.lartey@wku.edu, (270) 745-3941

The major in Health Sciences, requires 58-68 health sciences credit hours, including a required concentration ranging from 21-27 hours. The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a health and human services related career. The program is an interdisciplinary program with three primary purposes:

  1. Allowing students with a general interest in Health Sciences to pursue a B.S. while obtaining a concentration in a specific area of Health and Human Services.
  2. Permitting students to prepare for post-graduate or professional health sciences programs.
  3. Providing an option for students with a health-related associate degree or appropriate Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) in a focused health area who wish to continue their education.

Concentrations

  • Health Sciences Allied Health (AHAH)
  • Preparatory Health Science (APHS)
  • Health Services, Leadership & Management (ASLM)

Students pursuing the major are required to select one of the following concentrations: Preparatory Health Sciences, Health Services Leadership and Management, or Health Sciences Allied Health building on an Associate Degree or appropriate Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) in a focused health field (approved by the health science advisor). Students who transfer to WKU with an applied associate degree (e.g., Associate of Applied Science) from a health-related program and students with an appropriate MOS with American Council of Education (ACE) approved military credit receive a 12-hour waiver from the overall upper-level course requirement for the health science major; these students will need 23 hours in the major upper-division hour requirement. 

Students must earn a “C” or better in each course in the major. Additionally, in accordance with university policy, an overall grade point average of 2.0 or better must be attained upon completion of required curriculum.

Program Requirements (58-68 hours)

A baccalaureate degree requires a minimum of 120 unduplicated semester hours. More information can be found at www.wku.edu/registrar/degree_certification.php.

Students who began WKU in the Fall 2014 and thereafter should review the Colonnade requirements located at: https://www.wku.edu/colonnade/colonnaderequirements.php.

Health Sciences Core 

HMD 211Human Nutrition3
PSY/PSYS 100Introduction to Psychology3
or PSY/PSYS 220 Introduction to Lifespan Developmental Psychology
or PSY/PSYS 440 Abnormal Psychology
Select one of the following:3-4
General Biology
Biological Concepts: Cells Metabolism and Genetics
and Biological Concepts: Cells, Metabolism, and Genetics Lab
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Select one of the following:3-4
Fundamentals of General Chemistry
and Fundamentals of General Chemistry Laboratory
Chemistry for the Health Sciences
Introduction to College Chemistry
PHYS course
AH/HIM 290Medical Terminology2
Select one of the following:3
Kinesiology
Exercise Physiology
Motor Development
Wellness and Fitness Assessment
Health Assessment
Basic Marketing Concepts
Consumer Behavior
Services Marketing
Fundamentals of Public Relations
PH 381Public and Community Health3
Select one of the following:3
Biostatistics in the Health Sciences
Using Statistics in Sociology
Introductory Biostatistics
Introductory Probability and Applied Statistics
Statistics in Psychology
Introductory Statistics
PH 384Introduction to Epidemiology3
Select one of the following:3
Human Values and the Health Sciences
Professional Ethics for Family Life
Biomedical Ethics
Social Ethics
Ethics and Critical Thinking
Ethical Issues and Dilemmas in Social Work
Leadership Ethics and Decision-Making
HCA 340Health Care Organization and Management3
Select one of the following:3-4
Health Care Informatics
and Information Systems Laboratory
Principles of MIS with Spreadsheets
Emerging Information Technologies
Electronic Health Record Systems
Select one of the following:2-3
Legal Aspects / Health Care
Legal Issues in Health Information Management
Legal Environment of Business
Business Law
Total Hours37-41

One of the below-mentioned concentrations is required:

Preparatory Health Sciences Concentration

Select 24-27 hours of the following courses:24-27
Biology:
Biological Concepts: Cells Metabolism and Genetics
and Biological Concepts: Cells, Metabolism, and Genetics Lab 1
Biological Concepts: Evolution, Diversity, and Ecology
and Biological Concepts: Evolution, Diversity, and Ecology Lab
Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
Animal Biology and Diversity
and Animal Biology and Diversity Lab 1
Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology
Chemistry:
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
and Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Introduction to College Chemistry 1
College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Laboratory
College Chemistry II
and College Chemistry II Laboratory
Biochemistry for the Health Sciences
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
Health Information Management:
Advanced Medical Terminolgy
Pharmacology and Laboratory Diagnostics
Hospitality Management and Dietetics:
Advanced Nutrition
Life Stage Nutrition
Math:
Trigonometry
Calculus I
Nursing:
Pathophysiology for Nursing
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Mental Health Nursing
Complementary Health Care
Psychological Sciences:
Introduction to Biopsychology
Public Health:
Human Sexuality
Women’s Health
Sexuality Education
Physics:
College Physics I 1
College Physics II 1
Introduction to Physics and Biophysics I
and Laboratory for Physics and Biophysics I 1
Laboratory for Physics and Biophysics II
and Introduction to Physics and Biophysics II 1
University Physics I
and University Physics I Lab 1
Total Hours24-27

Health Services Leadership & Management Concentration

Select 24-27 hours from the following:24-27
Counselor Education:
Human Relations
Helping Skills
Communication:
Interpersonal Communication
Health Communication
Family Communication
Exercise Science:
Exercise and Aging
Family and Consumer Sciences:
Management of Family Resources
Family Relations
Child and Family Stress
Seminar in Family Economics
Family Home Visiting
Finance:
Personal Finance
Gerontology:
Introduction to the Aging Experience
Person-Centered Dementia Management
Health Care Administration:
Long-Term Care Administration
International Comparisons of Health Care Systems
Quality and Patient Safety in Long-Term Care
Health Care Informatics
and Information Systems Laboratory
Health Information Management:
Health Data Content and Structure
Healthcare Payment Systems
Advanced Medical Terminolgy
Pharmacology and Laboratory Diagnostics
Hospitality Management and Dietetics:
Advanced Nutrition
Nutrition in Aging
Dietary and Herbal Supplements
Interdisciplinary Studies:
Career Related Field Experience
Applications of Interdisciplinary Studies
Investigative Methods in Interdisciplinary Studies
Leadership:
Introduction to Leadership Studies
Leadership Theory and Application
Leading Change
Leadership Ethics and Decision-Making 1
Management:
Legal Environment of Business 1
Business Law 1
Ethics and Critical Thinking 1
Management of Nonprofit Organizations
Public Health:
Personal Health
Drug Abuse
Foundations of Public Health Education
Human Sexuality
Global Perspectives on Population Health
Health and Aging
Death, Dying and Bereavement
Women’s Health
Drug Abuse Education
Sexuality Education
Psychological Sciences:
Cognitive Psychology
Psychology of Adult Life and Aging
Abnormal Psychology
Sociology:
Aging in Society
Sociology of Health and Illness
Special Education:
The Culture of Disability
Social Work:
Foundations of Human Services
Diversity and Social Welfare
Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Services for the Older American
Case Management
Social Work Practice I
Military Social Work
Other courses with advisor approval
Total Hours24-27

Health Sciences Allied Health Concentration– (Health Related A.S. / A.A. / A.A.S.  or MOS to Health Sciences Allied Health B.S. Concentration)

An associate degree in a focused health area or an appropriate military occupational specialty (MOS) in a focused health area with American Council of Education (ACE) approved military credit may fulfill the concentration requirement with the approval of a Health Sciences academic advisor. Students with a completed A.A. or A.S. degree from a KCTCS college will be considered to have completed the WKU Colonnade general education requirements. Twenty-one credit hours is required within the concentration.

In addition to completing the Health Sciences core, students need to fulfill all other appropriate major and degree requirements.

Finish in Four Plans

 Health Sciences Preparatory Concentration

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENG 1003COMM 1453
HIM 290 or AH 2902HIST 101 or HIST 1023
PSY 220, PSYS 220, PSY 100, or PSYS 1003Colonnade: Arts & Humanities3
MATH 1163Major/Minor/Elective OR World Language (if needed)3
BIOL 120
BIOL 121
4Major/Minor/Elective3
 15 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENG 2003Major/Minor/Elective3
HMD 2113Major/Minor/Elective3
CHEM 109 or CHEM 1163-4Major/Minor/Elective3
Colonnade: Connections (Social & Cultural)3ENG 3003
Major/Minor/Elective3PH 383, SOCL 300, BIOL 382, STAT 301, PSY 313, PSYS 313, or MATH 1833
 15-16 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
PE 310, PE 311, PE 313, PH 390, NURS 335, MKT 220, MKT 323, or PR 2553HCA 441, MGT 200, MGT 301, or HIM 2252-3
PH 3813HCA 3403
PH 3843Major/Minor/Elective3
Major/Minor/Elective3Major/Minor/Elective3
Colonnade: Connections (Local to Global)3Major/Minor/Elective3
 15 14-15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
PH 447, HCA 247, PHIL 322, MGT 305, or SWRK 4333HCA 446
HCA 447
3-4
Major/Minor/Elective3Major/Minor/Elective3
Major/Minor/Elective3Major/Minor/Elective3
Major/Minor/Elective3Major/Minor/Elective3
Major/Minor/Elective3Major/Minor/Elective3
 15 15-16
Total Hours 119-122

 Health Sciences Allied Health Concentration

The Health Sciences Allied Health concentration is designed for students who have earned an associate degree in a focused health area or an appropriate military occupational specialty (MOS) in a focused health area with American Council of Education (ACE) approved military credit.  In addition to completing the Health Sciences core, students need to fulfill all other appropriate major and degree requirements.  Students should consult with an advisor in planning their four-year degree program. 

While working on the Health related Associate degree at KCTCS or WKU, students are encouraged to complete the following courses as a foundation for the Health Sciences major. KCTCS Courses: i) NFS 101; ii. (PSY 110 or PSY 223); iii. (MATH 146 or 150 or higher); iv. (CHE 130 or 140 or PHY ***); v. (AHS 115 or CLA 131); and vi. (BIO 112/1121/1122/1123/1124, or BIO 114/115, or BIO 150/151, or BIO 135 or 137 or 139).   Corresponding WKU Courses, if not completed at KCTCS:  i. HMD 211; ii. (PSY 100 or PSYS 100); iii. (MATH 109 or MATH 116 or higher); iv. (CHEM 105/CHEM 106, or CHEM 109, or CHEM 116, or PHYS ***); v. (HIM 290 or AH 290); and (BIOL 113 or BIOL 120/BIOL 121 or BIOL 131). WKU Associate Degree seeking students are also encouraged to complete ENG 100 (FW-1) and Arts & Humanities (E-AH) in the first two years.

Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
PE 310, PE 311, PE 313, or PH 3903PH 383, SOCL 300, BIOL 382, STAT 301, PSY 313, PSYS 313, or MATH 1833
PH 3813HCA 3403
Upper Level Elective/Major/Minor9Upper Level Elective/Major/Minor9
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
HCA 441, MGT 200, MGT 301, or HIM 2252-3HCA 446
HCA 447
3-4
PH 3843PH 447, HCA 247, PHIL 322, PHIL 323, MGT 305, or SWRK 4333
Upper Level Elective/Major/Minor9Upper Level Elective/Major/Minor9
 14-15 15-16
Total Hours 59-61

 Health Services Leadership and Management Concentration

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENG 1003COMM 1453
HIM 290 or AH 2902HIST 101 or HIST 1023
PSY 220, PSYS 220, PSY 100, or PSYS 1003Colonnade - Arts & Humanities3
MATH 1163Major/Minor/Elective or World Language (if needed)3
BIOL 1133Major/Minor/Elective3
BIOL 1141 
 15 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENG 2003Major/Minor/Elective9
HMD 2113ENG 3003
CHEM 1053PH 383, SOCL 300, BIOL 382, STAT 301, PSY 313, PSYS 313, or MATH 1833
CHEM 1061 
Connections - Social & Cultural3 
Major/Minor/Elective3 
 16 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
PE 310, PE 313, PH 390, MKT 220, MKT 321, MKT 323, or PR 2553HCA 441, MGT 200, MGT 301, or HIM 2252-3
PH 3813HCA 3403
PH 3843Major/Minor/Elective9
Major/Minor/Elective3 
Connections - Local to Global3 
 15 14-15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
PH 447, HCA 247, PHIL 322, PHIL 323, MGT 305, or SWRK 4333HCA 446
HCA 447
3-4
Major/Minor/Elective12Major/Minor/Elective12
 15 15-16
Total Hours 120-122